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2023 Reading Activity Review

I read 64 books this year! + More super cool stats.

Continuing my End of Year review I’ve been digging around in my Goodreads data to pull out some statistics on my reading. This has been a big book year for me, this is the most I’ve read since 106 in 2015 when I was a School Librarian and quite literally sat around reading all day (I was also really into comic books that year)!

This last year I’ve felt more excited about reading, partly because of this blog but also because I’ve been reading a bit more widely that I have before and discovered some amazing new books through browsing YouTuber and social media recommendations.

I picked up 64 books in 2023! I finished 57 of those and gave up on 7, which I don’t think is a bad rate at 10.9%!

Most of what I read was in digital format. I got my new Kindle for Christmas last year, and I’ve had a lot of use out of it!

  • 38 eBooks read
  • 6 paperbacks read
  • 21 audiobooks listened to

This was roughly 14,544 pages and 193.92 hours of audiobook time.

Discovering my trick of setting audiobooks to 1.25 or 1.5 times speed has been life changing! I don’t know why it is but I find it impossible to focus on books at regular speed, I think its because the narrator reads slower than I would words on the page and it gives me brain too much time to wander off. If I sped it up a little bit those gaps are gone and I’m engaged!

I then found I can get audiobooks for free through BorrowBox and my Library account, which gave me the freedom to try some out without getting stuck in an Audible subscription loop! This has enabled me to get through a third more books than I would have otherwise! I stick on an audiobook when I’m doing chores, on my daily walks and now on my commute.

I just worked out I listened to 20 totally free audiobooks this year through my Library, plus 1 that is now included in my Spotify Premium. I didn’t actually buy any!

I did buy 57 Kindle eBooks this year, and as of today have read 24 of them… which I don’t think is terrible. I’ve updated my Master TBR List for 2023, if you want to take a look! Most of those 57 only cost me 99p so the damage to my finances is not as bad as that sounds! I shared earlier this year about my addiction to 99p Kindle books, and the methods I use to get them!

I read two series and am part way through another. The links will take you to my reviews!

  • The Wallflowers – Regency romance by Lisa Kleypas. These has be in a vice in the new year!
  • The Lunar Chronicles – Young Adult fairy tale retellings with a sci-fi twist, my Marissa Meyer! (This was actually a reread)
  • The Expanse – Sci-fi space opera by James S.A. Corey, again re-reading old favourites before I get into the newer books!

My average star rating was 3.58 stars out of 5, so not a bad year! I think that’s decently high.

Since I started writing reviews for this blog (and instragram) I’ve felt myself be more engaged than ever with what I read. Sitting down for a few minutes to think out the specifics of what I did or did not enjoy in what I just read has really helped me to recognise the kinds of ideas, stories and characters I respond best to, as well as the writing styles I prefer or just simple will not get along with!

I’m excited to read more in 2024 and see where it takes me!

As for 2023, I already shared my Best Of and Worst Of reads for the year but I’ll leave you with my Top 2! These were the books so good I read them twice and wrote full reviews (which are linked below)!

  1. All’s Well by Mona Awad – her writing just has me. It’s so vivid, visceral and weird!
  2. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. – a Regency Romance is not my usual type of book, but this one had me at foot warmers.

I had fun putting this together (I hadn’t used a pivot table in a long time!), but if you actually did read to the bottom – first of all, bless you for your interest – do let me know how your year in reading went!

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3 Comments

  • A.S. Akkalon

    It’s funny, I have no idea how many books I read this year. I don’t keep track, and I might be reading five books at a time. Sometimes I won’t finish any of the five. But I like the idea of reflecting on a book when you finish it before just leaping to the next one. Maybe next time I’ll do that. 🙂

    • Alice

      5 at once! I couldn’t handle that. I often have one audio and one reading, but that’s my limit!

      Reflecting on what you read and what worked/didn’t work might have interesting results for your writing. Every time I finish something that had a great premise hur execution I didn’t enjoy I wish I had the stamina for writing the book I wish I’d read!

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